Fast forward 3.5 years. Her afternoon drive-time music/local news show is still going strong, and Northfield’s blossoming music scene is profiled on MinnPost this week by music and local culture reporter Jim Walsh in a piece titled: Is Northfield truly becoming ‘Music City, Minnesota’?
Throw into the mix a healthy house concert scene; an insatiably curious and well-educated populace; a pipeline of music-mad high schools and colleges; Johnson Paxton’s must-hear free-form radio show “All Wheel Drive” on the locally owned and truly independent KYMN-AM; and the lure of Division Street in downtown Northfield, where several clubs host free live music seven nights a week and which Johnson Paxton likens to Austin, Texas’s 6th Street, and it becomes clear that Morris’ claim that Northfield “could be a mini-Olympia, Washington, or Athens, Georgia” in the making isn’t just a boast of provincial pride.
… and at the moment, an enthusiastic mélange of students, professors, townies, and transplants are reaping an unprecedented arts-academia harvest that might actually one day live up to its moniker of Music City, Minnesota.
Cool. And Jessica emailed me more good news today:
I’ve been invited to appear on 89.3 The Current’s "The Local Show" to discuss the Northfield music "scene" and spin some music by my favorite local bands.
I wonder if our local community and political leaders see Music as Economic Development like Richard Florida does?